Jens Wandel

Assistant Administrator and Director of Bureau of Management



Mr. Jens Wandel is the Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of Management at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Mr. Wandel has had many years of distinguished service in UNDP.  He served as Deputy Regional Director, Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), UNDP Bratislava, from August 2008 until April 2012.  Prior to this, Mr. Wandel served in several management functions focusing on change initiatives, including as Director, Centre for Business Solutions, as Management Adviser and Project Director for the Work Improvement Tools Project and as a country-level coordinator of UNDP’s New Horizon 2001 change management exercise.

Mr. Wandel has also held various leadership positions at the country level, including as United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Turkmenistan; UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Kyrgyzstan; and UNDP Assistant Resident Representative, Viet Nam.  Mr. Wandel began his UNDP career as a junior professional officer in Western Samoa.  Prior to joining UNDP, he served with DANIDA at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark. 

Mr. Wandel brings a combination of substantive programming knowledge and operational expertise covering both UNDP and United Nations agencies.  He has been the architect of a major business re-engineering project for UNDP, and provides strategic leadership to UNDP’s operations to support the organization’s change agenda.

Mr. Wandel holds a Master of Arts equivalent in political science (development and public management), University of Aarhus, Denmark.